With the first two rounds of single-elimination games in the books, its on to the best-of-five semifinals series with Game 1 of both series tipping off Tuesday, on ESPN2. The (6) Washington Mystics vs (1) Minnesota Lynx hit the court at 8 PM ET, followed by the (5) Phoenix Mercury vs (2) Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center at 10 PM ET.
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Round 2 Single-Elimination Recap:
In a nail biter of a game, the Phoenix Mercury battled back from a 17-point deficit, to hold on for the 88-83 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Brittney Griner (26 points, 9 rebounds) and Diana Taurasi (23 points, 4 assists) combined for 49 of the Mercury’s 88 points as Phoenix prepares to make its ninth Semifinals appearance in 11 years. Although the Sun’s season came to an end, the young team definitely has a bright future ahead with stars like Jonquel Jones, who was named 2017 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year before the game. Much deserved, the sophomore big finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Connecticut Head Coach Curt Miller also received accolades as the leagues Coach of the Year and the WNBA’s Inaugural Basketball Executive of the Year award.
For the first time since 2002, the Washington Mystics have found their way back to the 2017 WNBA Semifinals. After a tale of two halves, the Mystics bounced back in the third, outscoring New York 25-10. Veteran guard Kristi Toliver hit a WNBA-record nine three-pointers, as she led her squad to victory and finished with a franchise playoff-record 32 points. The Liberty’s season came to an end as Tina Charles posted 18 points in the defeat.
Semifinals Game 1 of Best-of-5 Series on ESPN2:
Game 1: #6 Mystics VS. #1 Lynx @Minnesota, 8 PM ET
After securing the No.1 spot in league standings with a 27-7 regular season record, the Minnesota Lynx are ready to host the Washington Mystics in this best-of-five series. Having swept the Mystics 3-0 in their regular season meetings, the 3x league champions are eyeing their fourth title in seven years. With guard Lindsay Whalen (out since August with hand injury) still questionable, Washington is looking to bring all of Sunday’s sharp-shooting momentum into tonight.
Game 1: #5 Mercury VS. #2 Sparks, @Los Angeles, 10 PM ET
Looking to defend their title, and become the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back championships, the Los Angeles Sparks will host the Phoenix Mercury at 10 PM ET, in the 2017 Semifinals. All-stars and MVPs will clash in this must see series, as teams draw closer to their quest of reaching the WNBA Finals. Having lost all three regular season match-ups against the Sparks this year, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, and company must come ready to play against the L.A. trio of Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, and Chelsea Gray.
Stay tuned for Game 2 in these Best-of-5 Series on Thursday, Sept. 14, as the WNBA Draft Lottery will also take place during halftime of Washington at Minnesota – Game 2.